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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

Southern Marin Fire Protection District
Measure U - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

10,427 votos si (74.55%)

3,559 votos no (25.45%)

100% de distritos activos (18/18).

15,304 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Southern Marin Fire Protection District Local Emergency Medical Response and Fire Protection Measure. To maintain local emergency medical/fire protection services; improve the ability to react to/contain wildland fires; attract/retain qualified professional paramedics and firefighters; and maintain high cardiac and stroke survivability standards and 9-1-1 fire response times; shall the Southern Marin Fire Protection District establish a $200/annual parcel tax to protect local funding, providing $3,000,000 annually, until ended by voters, with citizen oversight, independent audits, all funds staying local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

s/BRIAN  WASHINGTON Marin County Counsel

 IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE  U

SOUTHERN  MARIN FIRE  PROTECTION DISTRICT

SPECIAL PARCEL TAX MEASURE

If  this  Measure   is  approved   by  a  2/3  vote  of  the voters, the Southern Marin Fire Protection  District will be authorized to levy a special parcel tax of $200 annually for local emergency medical response and fire protection.

If approved,  this special  parcel tax will take effect on July 1, 2019, and will continue  until ended  by the voters. This   special   tax  will   raise   approximately   $3,000,000 annually with independent audits and citizen oversight of expenditures.   All funds shall be expended  locally.  The specific  purpose  of this special  parcel  tax  is to maintain local emergency medical and fire protection  services, improve   the  ability   to  react  to  and  contain   wildland fires, attract and  retain  qualified  professional  paramedics and firefighters, and maintain high cardiac and stroke survivability  standards and 9-1-1 fire response times.


Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE U

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District offers our region one of the top fire and emergency medical response teams in Northern  California- keep it that way by voting YES on U!

The   headlines   keep   coming-Biggest  Fires   Ever in  California! More Wildfires Burning! Southern Marin County's  diverse terrain--coastal and hill-lands, urban forest, and suburban areas-are in danger of experiencing a tragedy like what we saw this summer, if we're unprepared. Vote YES on U continue to save lives!

In an emergency, EVERY second counts. Doctors say the brain starts to deteriorate 5-minutes after a person stops breathing. Vote Yes on U --protect 911 times and save lives!

YES on U helps your local firefighters and paramedics:

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE U

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District offers our region one of the top fire and emergency medical response teams in Northern  California- keep it that way by voting YES on U!

The   headlines   keep   coming-Biggest  Fires   Ever in  California! More Wildfires Burning! Southern Marin County's  diverse terrain--coastal and hill-lands, urban forest, and suburban areas-are in danger of experiencing a tragedy like what we saw this summer, if we're unprepared. Vote YES on U continue to save lives!

In an emergency, EVERY second counts. Doctors say the brain starts to deteriorate 5-minutes after a person stops breathing. Vote Yes on U --protect 911 times and save lives!

 

•  Maintain  local emergency medical services

 Attract/ retain qualified professional paramedics

 Maintain high cardiac/stroke survivability responses

 Prevent/ contain regional wildland fires

 Attract/retain  experienced  professional fire­

fighters

Nearly  two-thirds   of  all  the  District's  calls  are  for medical  emergencies   like heart attacks  and strokes.  And as we saw again this summer, a wildland fire would be devastating for our community  if we are unprepared. YES on U ensures that your local firefighters can prevent and contain wildland fires and stay ready for natural disasters. Vote YES on U -- keep our families, friends and neighbors safe!

YES on U protects  services  for ALL communities  in our District.  Southern  Marin  is a huge territory. Yes on U ensures your local firefighters and paramedics can get to every corner of our district quickly. Vote YES on U

Yes on U continues  our high local standards for fiscal accountability and transparency, including independent citizen's oversight, annual audits, and yearly reports back to the community  to ensure all funds are spent as promised­ not for any other purpose.

Join  Southern  Marin  first responders  and  your neighbors in voting YES on U.

s/TRAVIS FOX

President, Southern Marin FPD Firefighters Association

s/TAHOE BOAZ

Sausalito Resident and Emergency Medical Technician

s/JILL KOGAN BLAKE

Mill Valley Sepsis Survivor

s/CATHRYN A. HILLIARD

Tamalpais Valley Medical Emergency Survivor

s/SANDRA LEACH

70-year District resident and taxpayer

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument against Measure U was filed.

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE U

ORDINANCE  NO. 2018/2019-01

AN ORDINANCE OF THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT ENACTING

A SPECIAL PARCEL TAX TO FUND FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SUBJECT  TO THE APPROVAL OF THE VOTERS

WHEREAS, the Southern  Marin Fire Protection District provides among the best emergency protection services in Northern California;  and

WHEREAS, the District is a leader in meeting cardiac and stroke survivability  standards, ensuring that our residents have fast emergency responses when they have hea11attacks or strokes; and

WHEREAS,  ever  since  the  District  was formed  in

1999, Sacramento  has taken more than $5,500,000  in our locally controlled  funding  from our local fire department; and


WHEREAS, these state takeaways, and other changes in State laws, are making it harder and harder to guarantee the level of services that our residents expect and deserve; and

WHEREAS,   over   the   last  few  years,  parcel  tax funding for the District  has been fixed at 2006-levels, but the number of calls for local firefighters and paramedics continues  to increase,  with  more than four thousand  last year alone; and

WHEREAS,   the  American  Heart  Association  says brain deterioration  starts four to six minutes after a person stops  breathing,  and the average  9-1-1  response times  in our community  is longer than that; and


WHEREAS,  in the  past few  years, the District  has done what it can to cut the budget, win grant funding, and still provide excellent fire and emergency medical services; and

WHEREAS, the District was a leader in reform, becoming the first in the County to enact pension refonn; and

WHEREAS,  despite our best efforts, the District still has significant  financial  needs. There  is simply  no more room  to  cut  and  continue   to  provide  vital  life-saving services; and

WHEREAS,  a recent community survey showed that District residents overwhelmingly favor maintaining the District's excellent fire and emergency medical response services,  including  maintaining  emergency  medical services, maintaining high cardiac and stroke survivability standards, attract and retain qualified paramedics, maintain local fire protection and current 9-1-1 fire response times, improving the District's ability to react to and contain wildland fires, and other critical services that save lives and


protect property; and

WHEREAS, Southern  Marin  is  in  an  area  at  risk for earthquakes and wildland fires, and is danger of experiencing a tragic incident if we are not prepared, as we saw last October; and

WHEREAS, this measure  works to prevent wildland fires by clearing vegetation and staying prepared, and maintains  professional  firefighters  and  paramedics,  who are essential to quality responses when these disasters inevitably occur; and

WHEREAS, this measure will make it possible to maintain our excellent 9-1-1 fire and emergency medical response times, ensuring that we can save lives and protect the community; and

WHEREAS, 65% of our 9-1-1  calls are for medical emergencies, such as heart attacks and strokes; and

WHEREAS, this measure will make sure our residents receive emergency medical  care quickly  and prevent response times from getting longer; and

WHEREAS, the District  provides  services  to a huge part of our County, and this measure  will ensure that our local firefighters  and  paramedics  and  provide  fast  9-1-1 fire and emergency medical responses across the district, keeping all of our residents safe and protected; and

WHEREAS, the Southern  Marin  Fire Protection District  is one of the few fire districts  in the County  that does not have a dedicated  public source of funding for our vital fire and emergency medical response services; and

WHEREAS, this measure will ensure that the District is financially stable and able to continue  offering these lifesaving response services; and

WHEREAS, this  measure  enacts  a robust accountability   system,   including   citizen   oversight   and annual independent audits to ensure that all funds are spent properly; and

WHEREAS, this  measure  also  contains  exemptions for low-income seniors, ensuring that vulnerable  residents can be protected while still receiving  high quality fire and emergency medical services; and

WHEREAS, these funds can only be used for local fire and emergency  service purposes - Sacramento  politicians can't  touch one cent; and

WHEREAS, the special tax authorized  by this Ordinance  is authorized  by Sections  13911 and 13913 of the California Health and Safety Code and Sections 53978 and  50075  of  the  California   Government   Code.  It will be submitted to District voters at the November  6, 2018 election and will be approved if two-thirds  of voters voting on the measure vote in favor of it.

Be it ordained by the Board ofDirectors of the Southern

Marin Fire Protection District the following:


SECTION 1.       AUTHORITY

The District  enacts  this  ordinance  in accordance with the authority granted to Fire Protection Districts pursuant to Sections 13911 and 13913 of the California Health and Safety Code and Section 53978 of the California Government  Code.

SECTION 2.      RECITALS

All Recitals  contained  in this Ordinance  are true and correct and are incorporated  herein by reference.

SECTION 3.      DEFINITIONS

For the purposes  of this Ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings provided below:

A.         "Administrator" means  an official of the District,  or designee  thereof,  responsible  for carrying  out the provisions of this Ordinance.

B.          "Assessor's  Parcel  Number"  means  the Parcel and Parcel Number as assigned by the Marin County Assessor on the equalized tax roII.

C.          "Board" means the Board of Directors of the District.

D.         "Business   Use  Parcel"  means a Taxable Parcel that has been developed for use other than residential uses based on County use codes.

E.          "County" means the County of Marin.

F.         "County  Assessor"  or "Assessor" means the County Assessor of County of Marin.

G.         "County Assessor 's parcel" means a lot or Parcel with an assigned Assessor's Parcel Number used by the County Assessor in preparing the tax roll.

H.         "District" means the Southern Marin Fire

Protection District.

I.           "Fiscal  Year"  means  the  period  starting

July 1 and ending the following  June 30.

J.           "Improved square footage" means building area as shown on the equalized tax roll of the County as of January 1 of each Fiscal Year.

K.         "Parcel"  means  any  County  Assessor's parcel in the District  based on the equalized tax roll of the County as of January 1 of each Fiscal Year.

L.         "Residential use parcel" means a taxable parcel  with  one  or  more  units  developed  for residential uses based on County use codes.

M.         "Special  tax" means the special parcel tax authorized and imposed by this Ordinance.

N.          "Taxable  parcel" means any Parcel that is not a Tax-Exempt Parcel.

0.      "Tax exempt parcel" means any parcel that is exempt from (1) the special  tax, as provided for in this Ordinance; or (2) the levy of general ad valorem property taxes  under California  law,  including  but  not  limited  to public streets; schools; parks; and public drainage ways, landscaping, wetlands, greenbelts,  and open space.

P.          "Undeveloped  parcel"   means  a  taxable parcel  that  does  not  contain   improved   square  footage shown on the equalized tax roll of the County as of January

1 of each Fiscal Year. The term "undeveloped parcel" shall not include any property submerged  by the waters of San Francisco Bay.

Q.         "Unit"   means   for   a  taxable   parcel,   a dwelling  unit as shown  on  the  equalized  tax  roll of the County as of January 1 of each Fiscal Year.

SECTION 4.      TAX IMPOSED

A.         An annual special tax at the rates set fotih in Section  5 is hereby  imposed  on  every  taxable  parcel within the District.

B.         The special tax constitutes  a debt owed by the owner of each parcel to the District.

C.         The   special   tax   shall   be   levied   and collected on each parcel within the District for which the owner receives a separate ad valorem  property tax bill.

D.         Tax exempt  parcels are exempt  from any liability for the special tax.

SECTION 5.      TAX RATES

A.         The rate of the special tax for each type of taxable parcel shall be as set forth in the table below.

 

Parcel Type

Tax Rate,  per parcel, unit, or improved square foot

Residential  Use Parcel

$200 per unit

Business Use Parcel

$0.18 per improved square foot

Undeveloped  Parcel

$150 per parcel

 

B.         After the first year that the special  tax is levied, to keep the tax on each taxable  parcel  in constant first year dollars for each year, the tax rates  listed in the above  table  shall  be automatically adjusted  annually  by five  percent  (5%).  Thereafter   the  then-current   tax  rates shall  be automatically  adjusted  annually  by five percent (5%). In lieu of the automatic  annual adjustment  of the tax rates, the District Board of Directors  may in any year, by resolution, adjust the then-current  rates by an amount less than five percent (5%).

C.         If    taxable   parcel   is   used   for   both residential  uses and business uses, the tax rate shall be the rate for primary usecode for the parcel.

D.         The  assessment  roll  data  of  the  Marin


County Tax Assessor as of January 1 of each year and District  records shall  be used to determine the actual use of each parcel of real property for purposes of determining the amount of the special tax for each parcel.

E.          For  parcels  divided   by  Tax  Rate  Area lines, the amount of the special tax for the portion of the parcel within Marin County shall be calculated at the same rates as set fotih above. For properties wholly within Marin County  and divided  by Tax Rate Area lines into multiple parcels, the property shall be taxed as a single parcel at the rates set forth above.

SECTION 6.      EXEMPTIONS

A parcel  shall  be exempt  from  the special  tax if it is owned  and occupied  by at least one individual  who is at least 65 years old and whose combined household income  is  at  or  below  the  income  level  qualifying  as "low  income"  for a family  of such size  under Section  8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.A. Sections  1437  et seq.).   Qualifying  property  owns  must apply for this exemption.  The application  process will be in the form of self-certification  under penalty of perjury. Applications  for this exemption  must be submitted to the Administrator  in the manner and at the time established by the Administrator.  Applications for this exemption shall be on forms provided by the Administrator  and shall provide such information as the Administrator  may require.  If the Administrator  determines  the need to audit an application, the Administrator  may require additional information, including but not limited to federal income tax returns and W-2 forms of owner-occupants eligible for this exemption.

SECTION 7.      COLLECTION OF TAX

The  special  tax  may  be  collected  in  the  same manner as ordinary ad valorem taxes are collected and, if collected  in that manner, shall have the same lien priority and be subject to the same penalties and the same procedure and sale in cases of delinquency as provided for ad valorem taxes collected by the County of Marin. The District Board of Directors  may provide for other alternative methods of collection ofthe special tax by resolution.

SECTION 8.      COLLECTION   OF   UNPAID TAX

The amount of the special tax, any penalty, and any interest  imposed  under  the  provisions  of this  Ordinance shall  be deemed  a debt owed  to the District. Any person owing money to the District under the provisions of this Ordinance shall be personally liable to an action brought in the name of the District, at its option, for the recovery for such amount.

SECTION 9.      USE OF TAX REVENUE

A.        Revenue from the special tax, including penalties   and   interest   thereon,   shall   be  used  for  fire protection   and  emergency   services,   including   but  not

 

limited to, maintaining  local emergency  medical services; attracting and retaining qualified professional  paramedics; maintaining high cardiac and stroke survivability standards; maintaining local fire protection; maintaining  current 9-1-1 fire response times; and improving  the District's  ability to react to and contain wildland fires.

B.        At  the  District  Board  of  Directors' discretion,  revenue  from  the  special  tax,  including penalties and interest thereon, may also be used to pay for the costs of holding an election  to seek voter approval of this Ordinance,  for the costs of administering the special tax, and for the costs of defending  the special tax and this Ordinance, including attorneys' fees and related costs.

SECTION 10.  ACCOUNTABILITY

In accordance  with the requirements  of California Government Code Sections 50075.1 and 50075.3, the following  accountability   measures,   among  others,  shall apply to the special tax:

A.         A  separate,  special  account,  referred  to as the Emergency  Medical  Response  and Fire Protection Tax Fund, shall be created, into which the proceeds of the special tax, including penalties and interest earned on such proceeds, must be deposited.

B.         The specific purposes of the special tax are for the funding fire protection and emergency  services and for  related election,  administration, and  legal fees as set forth in Section 7. The proceeds of the special tax shall be applied only to those specific purposes.

C.         The Administrator shall annually  prepare and submit to the District Board of Directors a report regarding  the special  tax funds  collected  and  expended, as well as any other information  required  by Government Code sections 50075.1 and 50075.3.

SECTION 11.  ANNUAL AUDITS AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

A.      Annually   the   District   retains   an independent auditor to conduct an audit of and provide audited financial statements for all of the District's financial activities.  The auditor shall include an accounting of the revenue received from the tax and expenditures thereof in the audited financial statements.   The auditor's report shall be presented to the Board and the committee established by subsection B and made available to the public.

B.          There  shall  be  a  five-person   committee of  members  of  the  public  to  review  and  report  on  the revenue  and expenditure  of  funds  from  the  tax  adopted by this Ordinance. No later than June 30, 2019, the Board shall  adopt  a resolution  establishing the  composition  of the committee, the manner and timing of appointment of members of the committee, and the duties of the committee.

 


SECTION  12.  INTERPRETATION, APPLICATION, AND APPEAL OF SPECIAL TAX FORMULAANDPROCEDURES

A.         Any  taxpayer  who  feels  the  amount  of the special  tax assigned  to a parcel  is in error may file a notice with the Administrator appealing the levy of the special tax.  The Administrator  then will promptly review the appeal  and, if necessary, meet with the applicant.   If the Administrator   verifies  that  the  special  tax  levied  on the applicant's  parcel should  be modified or changed, the special tax levy will be corrected and, if applicable in any case, a credit or refund will be granted.   The appeal must be filed not later than one year after having paid the special tax that is disputed.

B.          Interpretations    may   be   made   by   the District, by Resolution or Ordinance of the Board, for purposes of clarifying any vagueness or ambiguity as it relates to the special tax rate, the classification of properties, or any definition applicable to the special tax.

C.          Without Board approval, the Administrator may make minor, non-substantive  administrative and technical interpretations of the provisions of this Ordinance for purposes of administrative efficiency or convenience or to comply with new applicable federal, state, or local law, so long as any interpretation does not materially affect the rate and manner of collection of the special tax.

SECTION  13.  AMENDMENTS

This  Ordinance  may only  be amended  by a vote of the people if the amendment  would result in the special tax being imposed, extended, or increased in a manner not authorized by this Ordinance as originally approved by the voters, or if the amendment  would substantially  alter the purpose of the special tax.  The District Board ofDirectors may  enact  other  amendments,  including  but  not limited to amendments  necessary  to implement  or administer  the special tax.

SECTION  14.  EXPIRATION  OF TAX

The authority to levy the special tax shall remain in effect unless a later ordinance  is adopted and approved by the voters that either repeals the special tax or establishes a date that the authority to levy the special tax shall terminate.

SECTION  15.  ADJUSTMENT  OF APPROPRIATIONS LIMIT

Pursuant  to California  Constitution  Article XIIIB, the appropriation limit for Southern Marin Fire Protection District is hereby increased by the aggregate sum authorized to be levied by this special tax for fiscal year 2019-20 and each year thereafter.

SECTION  16.  ORDINANCE PUBLICATION

A.          summary    of   this   Ordinance    shall be published  and a certified  copy of the full text of this


 

Ordinance  shall  be posted  in the  office of the  Southern Marin  Fire Protection  District  Clerk  at least five (5) days prior  to  the  Board  of  Directors   meeting  at  which  it  is adopted.

B.         A  summary  of  this  Ordinance   shall  be published   within  fifteen  (15)  days   after  the  adoption, together with the names of the Board ofDirectors voting for or against  same, in the Independent  Journal,  a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Marin, State of California.

SECTION  17.  COMPLIANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT

This  Ordinance   is  exempt   from  the  California

Environmental   Quality  Act  (Public  Resources   Code  §§

21000 et seq., "CEQA," and 14 Cal. Code Reg.§§ 15000 et seq., "CEQA  Guidelines"). The  special  tax authorized by this Ordinance  is a special  tax that  can only  be used to fund  the  projects,  facilities,  and  services  described  in the Ordinance but does not approve any of the described projects  or  services.  As  such,  under  CEQA  Guidelines section  15378(b)(4), the special tax is not a project within the meaning of CEQA because it creates a government funding mechanism that does not involve any commitment to  any  specific  project  or  service  that  may  result  in  a


shall thereupon return to full force and effect and shall thereafter be binding. If any section, subsection, phrase, clause,  sentence,  or word  in this Ordinance  shall for any reason be held invalid or unconstitutional  by a court of competent jurisdiction,  it shall not nullify the remainder of this Ordinance  but shall be confined to the article, section, subsection, subdivision,  clause, sentence or word so held invalid or unconstitutional.

SECTION  19.  DATE   OF  ADOPTION   AND EFFECTIVE DATE

This Ordinance shall be considered adopted on the date ofthe declaration of the vote at the November 6, 2018 election and shall become effective 10 days thereafter.

The  foregoing   Ordinance No. 2018/19-01 was read and introduced  at a Regular meeting of the Board of Directors  of the  Southern  Marin  Fire  Protection  District held on the 25th day of July, 2018, and ordered  passed to print by the following vote, to wit:

AYES: 7

NOES: 0

ABSENT: 0

s/KURTCHUN Vice President Board ofDirectors

Southern Marin Fire

Protection District


potentially significant physical impact on the environment.

If revenue from the tax were used for a purpose that would


Attest:


s/ALYSSA SCHIFFMANN Clerk to the Board


have  such  effect, the City  would  undertake  the  required

CEQA review for that particular project or service at the earliest  feasible  time  prior  to  approval   consistent   with CEQA Guidelines Sections 15004 and 15352. Therefore, pursuant   to  CEQA  Guidelines   Section   15060,  review of the Ordinance under CEQA is not required. Prior to commencement of any project or service funded  by the special  tax, any necessary  environmental review  required by CEQA shall be completed.

SECTION  18. SEVERABILITY

If any provision  of this Ordinance  is held by any court  or  by  any  Federal  or  State  agency  of  competent jurisdiction, to be invalid as conflicting with any Federal or State law, rule or regulation now or hereafter in effect, or is held by such court or agency to be modified in any way in order to conform to the requirements of any such law, rule or regulation, such provision shall be considered  a separate,

distinct,  and independent  part of this ordinance,  and such


 

and will come up for adoption as an Ordinance of the Southern   Marin   Fire  Protection   District   at  a  Regular meeting of the Board of Directors  to be held on the 22nd day of August, 2018.

PASSED AND ADOPTED,  subject to voter approval on the November 6, 2018 election, at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors  of Southern Marin Fire Protection  District  held on this 22nd day of August, 2018, by the following vote:

AYES: NOES: ABSENT:

s/KURTCHUN

Vice President

Board ofDirectors

Southern Marin Fire

Protection District


holding  shall not affect the validity  and enforceability of all other provisions hereof. In the event that such law, rule

or regulation is subsequently  repealed,  rescinded, amended


Attest:


s/ALYSSA SCHIFFMANN

Clerk to the Board


or otherwise  changed, so that the provision  thereof  which had previously  been held invalid or modified  is no longer in conflict with such law, rule or regulation, said provision

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